The winners have been announced for the 2020-21 Vocal Studies Competition at the Peabody Conservatory. Under remote learning guidelines, contestants submitted video recordings of their performances for the competition. Winners were selected in both undergraduate and graduate divisions, and for the first time this year, each division awarded a special prize to a student who presented an outstanding performance featuring an art song by an African American composer.
In the undergraduate division, the first prize was awarded to soprano Simone Gallion, who also won the African American composer honor for her performance of “In the Springtime” by Betty Jackson King. Undergraduate second and third prizes went to tenor Kaijeh Johnson and mezzo-soprano Alexandria Zallo.
Bass-baritone Anthony Sharp was the winner of the graduate division, presenting works by Francesco Paolo Tosti, Franz Schubert, Gabriel Fauré, and Aaron Copland. Mezzo-soprano Bailey Galindo took second prize. Both the third prize and the African American composer honor were awarded to soprano Annisse Murillo.
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Andrea Edith Moore (BM ’01, Voice) released her debut recording of Family Secrets: Kith & Kin by Daniel Thomas Davis (BM ’04, Composition) on Albany Records. The album was produced by GRAMMY award winning producer Elaine Martone and also included GRAMMY-winning pianist and cellist Lisa Kaplan and Nick Photinos, oboist Bo Newsome, violinist Elizabeth Phelps, banjo virtuoso Hank Smith, and actress Jane Holding all led by conductor Timothy Myers.
Mezzo-Soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice) released “Sleep Songs: Wordless Lullabies for the Sleepless” on January 1, 2021. The album features wordless lullabies for solo voice by Jay Derderian, Michelle McQuade Dewhirst, Lee Hartman, Julia Seeholzer, Arthur Breur, Griffin Candey, Tony Manfredonia, Jen Wang, and D. Edward Davis.
Michael Maliakel (BM ’12, Voice), who studied with Stanley Cornett, was selected to participate in the Kurt Weill Foundation’s Lotte Lenya Competition Songbook, a collection of contemporary theater songs that supports the participants chosen for the project. Maliakel performs “A591” from Half the Sky.